Board of Trustees: Evelynn M. Hammonds, C'76
Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, Harvard University
B.S., Spelman College
B.E.E., Georgia Institute of Technology
S.M., Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Ph.D., Harvard University
Honorary Degree, Spelman College
Spelman College Board of Trustees: Elected in 2008
Co-Chair, Faculty Affairs and Educational Policy Committee
City of Residence: Cambridge, Massachusetts
Dr. Evelynn Hammonds the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies at Harvard University. She became Harvard's first Senior Vice Provost for Faculty Development and Diversity in 2005.
Dr. Hammonds' scholarly interests include the history of scientific, medical, and sociopolitical concepts of race, the history of disease and public health, gender in science and medicine, and African-American history. Her most recent book is The Nature of Difference: Sciences of Race in the United States from Jefferson to Genomics (2009). She is the author of several other books and scholarly articles.
Dr. Hammonds is an Associate Member of the Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT. She serves on a number of boards including the Board of Overseers of the Museum of Science in Boston, and the Association of American Colleges and Universities. She is a fellow of the Association of Women in Science in 2008 and a member of the Committee on Equal Opportunities in Science and Engineering. Dr. Hammonds was appointed to President Barack Obama's Board of Advisors on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Thoughts on why she chose to serve on the Spelman College Board of Trustees: I decided to serve on the Spelman Board of Trustees because I wanted to give back to the college that had given so much to me. I am deeply appreciative of the fact that my teachers at Spelman continued to provide support for me long after I graduated. Given that I am an academic and educator, I wanted to serve on the Board to use my expertise to help the College reach its' full potential as a unique institution committed to the education of women of African descent.